Thinking about Tempo

Thinking about Tempo, Part 1 - Note Values and Mensural Notation

Metronome_Maëlzel

Anyone who likes classical music would be familiar with tempi like Allegro, Moderato, Andante, Adagio, Largo, etc. and their diminutive forms such as Allegretto, Andantino, etc. 

But do you know exactly how fast or slow these tempi should be interpreted? Do you know which is faster between "Allegro" and "Allegretto" or "Andante" and "Andantino"? You'll find out soon through this series of articles!